Photographs and a video released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham show Malala Yousufzai hugging nurses, waving and smiling shyly. Her steps seemed tentative, but hospital officials say she is strong and recovering well.
Malala will live with her parents and two brothers in the UK while she continues to receive treatment, but will be admitted again in the next month for another round of surgery to rebuild her skull.
Experts have been optimistic that Malala, who was airlifted from Pakistan in October to receive specialized medical care, has a good chance of recovery because the brains of teenagers are still growing and can better adapt to trauma.
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